Violence Survivor Empowerment Program
The Avon Foundation for Women for the second year in a row has awarded a $65,000 one-year grant to Sojourner Family Peace Center in support of its Avon Domestic Violence Survivor Empowerment Program, which provides annual funding for 20 full-time coordinator positions in domestic violence agencies across the United States.
The 2013 Avon Domestic Violence Survivor Empowerment Program is part of the Avon Speak Out Against Domestic Violence initiative, which launched in 2004 to help end the cycle of domestic violence. The Avon Foundation for Women has donated $33 million for domestic and gender violence programs in the United States, including support for awareness, education, direct service and prevention.
The Avon Domestic Violence Survivor Empowerment Program’s coordinator position at Sojourner Family Peace Center will support victims in the Milwaukee area by providing domestic violence survivors with the critical resources and economic empowerment tools necessary to develop self-sufficiency and guide them toward breaking the cycle of abuse.
Maggie Anderson (second from left), the founder of “The Empowerment Experiment” and the author of “Our Black Year,” which chronicles the year she and her family purchased exclusively from Black businesses, was the keynote speaker of the Milwaukee Urban League’s 53rd Equal Opportunity Day Luncheon held recently at the Pfister Hotel, 424 E. Wisconsin Ave. Anderson is pictured above with (left to right) MUL Board Chairman Jerry Fulmer, Dr. Eve Hall, president and CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce and MUL President/CEO Ralph Hollman. The luncheon is an event that helps reinforce the importance of diversity and equal opportunity. It also generates funds which help support all the organization’s programs. You can read about Anderson’s visit and her experiences as a consumer of all things Black in next week’s MCJ. (Photo by Yvonne Kemp)
Former South African President Nelson Mandela is said to be “doing well” after spending a second night in the Pretoria hospital where he was admitted on Saturday.
Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said Mr Mandela, 94, would undergo further tests for an undisclosed condition.
On Sunday Mr Mandela was visited by President Jacob Zuma, who said he was looking well after a restful night.
News of the hospital stay has prompted much concern in South Africa.
But Mr Maharaj said Mr Mandela was “comfortable” and there was “no cause for alarm”.
The former president is revered at home and around the world for leading the struggle against white-minority rule before becoming South Africa’s first black president in 1994.
Despite being imprisoned for 27 years by the apartheid government, after his release he forgave his former enemies and urged South Africans of all races to work together and seek reconciliation.
He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.
“[Mr Mandela] had a good night’s rest. The doctors will still conduct further tests today [Monday]. He is in good hands,” Mr Maharaj said in a statement.
“Today is also a special day as President Mandela received the Nobel Peace Prize on 10 December 1993… for his selfless contribution to the struggle for liberation, human rights and justice in South Africa.”
Mr Zuma has been reassured that Mr Mandela – admitted to hospital on Saturday – is in the hands of a competent medical team, Mr Maharaj told the BBC, without giving further details about his treatment or condition.
“[We want to] avoid news about Madiba’s [Mr Mandela’s clan name] health being treated as if it is the movement of share prices on the stockmarket,” said Mr Maharaj, who spent many years imprisoned with Mr Mandela on Robben Island.
The former president was taken from his home in the rural village of Qunu, in Eastern Cape province, to hospital in the capital on Saturday.
Local media report that the decision to move him was taken so quickly that some family members and his own foundation were initially unaware of it.
Mr Zuma’s office said on Saturday that Mr Mandela needs medical attention “from time to time which is consistent with his age”.
The authorities are keen to respect Mr Mandela’s privacy and control any information about his health, the BBC’s Andrew Harding in Johannesburg reports.
But there is enormous public concern here for the man widely revered as the father of democratic South Africa, he adds.
Prayers were held for the former leader at the Regina Mundi Catholic church in the Soweto area of Johannesburg, once the centre of protests and funerals during apartheid.
“Yes, it really worries us because he is a great person,” churchgoer Shainet Mnkomo told Associated Press. “He did so many things to the country, he’s one of those persons who we remember most.”
‘Memory is fading’
The Congress of South African Trade Unions said it hoped the government’s statement about his condition was true, and urged Mr Mandela to: “Get well and continue to inspire us”.
Mr Mandela retired from public life in 2004 and has not been seen in public since the 2010 World Cup.
Mr Mandela was last in hospital in February, when he underwent a minor procedure to investigate the causes of an abdominal problem.
And in January 2011 he was treated for a serious chest infection.
Mr Mandela spends the majority of his time in Qunu, which is close to where he was born.
Our correspondent says he is known to be frail and his memory is fading, but visitors have repeatedly said he is in good spirits.
Dealership’s Around The World Party Provides $1000’s To Toys For Tots
On Friday, Dec. 14, Milwaukee Harley-Davidson will celebrate their second annual ‘Holidays Around The World’ party to benefit the Toys For Tots program. In keeping with the event theme, more than a dozen local groups will be participating in the event and representing a specially selected country. As guests arrive, in exchange for their charitable donation of toys or funds, they will receive a “passport” that entitles them to traditional cocktails and food items from each of the represented countries. “Last year was the first time we had tried this ‘Around the World’ concept and it just exploded.
We had over 700 people through the doors and surpassed our fundraising goal in the first 30 minutes of the party,” said Chaz Hastings, the owner of Milwaukee Harley-Davidson. “For this year’s event, we’re adding in some new groups, games, food and drink.”
In 2011, the event raised over $2500 in funds and materials for Toys for Tots. This year’s goal is to double that amount and everyone participating is dedicated to making that happen. “We had friends that attended last year’s event and they loved it, so we were really excited when we were invited to attend, said Liz Whitford of Pin Up Girls, a non profit that raises funds for local veteran’s support groups. “Not only are we helping a great cause, but it also gives us the chance to promote our group and raise awareness.”
The diverse line up of participating groups helps ensure a great mix of attendees;
Neutral Ground Dojo – Russia
Brew City Bruisers Roller Derby – Japan
Great Lakes Distillery – Hawaii/South Pacific
Milwaukee Northwest HOG Chapter – Germany
Pin Up Girls- U.S.A.
United States Marine Corps- Mexico
Billy Brown Insurance- France
Foolery’s Liquid Therapy- Caribbean
Stilettos on Steel- South America
KAH Tequila- Central America
Lakefront Brewery- United Kingdom
In addition to the international collection of cocktails and complimentary food, there will be plenty of activities throughout the evening. There will be piñata’s filled with prizes, raffles and various contests such as a giant “flip cup challenge.” In addition to Santa Claus and his Harley-Davidson inspired sleigh, there are photo opportunities with body painted models as well as male and female elves. For those who want to shop, there will be special one night only sales and free gift-wrap too.
“The event planning itself has been a great time with everyone involved taking the concept and running with it. I know we’re going to crush this year’s goal,” said Hastings.
The Holiday Around The World event takes place on Friday, Dec. 14 at the Milwaukee Harley-Davidson Dealership from 6-9 p.m. In exchange for donating a new, unwrapped toy valued at $15 or more, guests will receive a passport and access to all the event activities. For further information and event details visit MilwaukeeHarley.com or call the dealership at 414 461-4444.
Milwaukee Harley-Davidson is one of Milwaukee’s original Harley-Davidson dealers. The company’s 36,000-square-foot facility features new and used bikes, general merchandise, parts & accessories, service department and sales and finance. The company is one of the most active dealers in the country, bringing in more than 10,000 people to its dealership through events and general sales every year. For more information on the dealership and Fly, Buy, Ride program, visit www.milwaukeeharley.com.
We are going to celebrate the Second Sunday of Advent this coming Sunday. Our readings are: Baruch 5: 1-9, Philippians 1: 4-6, 8-11, Luke 3: 1-6. The first reading is from Baruch, a book that is not included in the Protestant Bible. Many Protestant bibles will include it and call it “apocryphal.” Catholics will include it and 11 others and call them “deuterocanonical” books.
Last Sunday, this Sunday and next Sunday the gospel reading will feature John the Baptist, calling for a reform of life and pointing out the one coming after him. This week we hear about his baptism of repentance. He baptized “to show that they were changing their hearts and lives and wanted God to forgive their sins.”. And John was compared to Isaiah the prophet who was ” a voice crying out in the wilderness: prepare the way of The Lord; make his paths straight. Every valley will be filled, and every mountain and hill will be leveled. The crooked will be made straight and the rough places made smooth. All humanity will see God’s salvation.”
And Baruch, hundreds of years before John, like Isaiah, preached the same message from God: ” take off your mourning clothes and oppression, Jerusalem! Wrap the justice that comes from God around yourself like a robe. Get up, Jerusalem! Stand on the high place, and look around to the east! See your children gathered from the west to the east by the holy one’s word, as they rejoice that God has remembered them.
And Baruch ends the book by proclaiming that ” God will lead Israel with gladness by the light that shines forth from his glory, with the mercy and righteousness that comes from him.”
All of us who claim “Christian” as our name have these same promises uttered by Isaiah and Baruch. We must be clothed in justice and righteousness and see our own lives as prophetic too. It is our turn, no matter how our own lives may be going, to preach the good news of peace and justice and to work hard to make it happen.
Paul reminds us in the reading from the Philippians: we are partners with him in spreading the gospel. And our spreading the gospel might not be with words! As St. Francis said: ” preach the gospel always….and if necessary use words.”
We prepare for the coming of The Lord by doing justice, by working for peace even though we sometimes feel the futility of our work. People who are hurting today count on us. Not that we think we are the messiah, but that we know the Messiah lives within us and is urging us on to make his peaceful rule come, on earth as it is in heaven.
Look around, brothers and sisters and see how you are fulfilling the words of Paul from this next Sunday’s reading from Philippians: ” I am sure about this: the one who started a good work in you will stay with you to complete the job. You are all my partners in God’s grace.”
Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. has been appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of the National League of Cities (NLC) for a second term.
Alderman Davis, along with former Milwaukee mayors Henry Maier and Daniel Hoan, and former Common Council members Kevin O’Connor and Robert Jendusa, Sr., are the only City of Milwaukee elected leaders to have served on the NLC’s Board of Directors.
Alderman Davis, who has served as chair and vice chair of the NLC’s International Council and its Community and Economic Development Steering Committee, said the appointment will allow him to continue to champion Milwaukee and its assets at the national and international levels.
“As I have come up through the NLC ranks, I have learned much, and I am humbled by the confidence that the membership of the National League of Cities has shown in me and the trust they have placed in me as the League looks toward establishing its positions on national policy initiatives,” Alderman Davis said.
“My goal is to continue to place Milwaukee in a position of leadership with the innovative programs we have developed and the good decisions we have made in order to keep the City of Milwaukee in good financial health,” he said.
As a member of the NLC, Alderman Davis has participated in White House briefings and conference calls (on behalf of the City of Milwaukee and the NLC), has promoted Milwaukee as an international destination for trade and business, and has worked on policies to battle the foreclosure crisis and to promote the financial health of cities. In 2011, Alderman Davis hosted a Black Male Achievement Forum in partnership with the city and UW-Milwaukee (bringing together local and national experts), and he is now included in a Black Male Achievement report on the NLC’s website: http://tinyurl.com/at6byr9.
In his previous term as a member of the Board of Directors, Alderman Davis served on the NLC’s Governance Task Force and its Resolutions Committee.
Rev. Al Sharpton joined the roundtable on Meet the Press on Sunday to discuss the “fiscal cliff,” and the anticipated second term agenda for President Barack Obama.
Sharpton, along with fellow guests MSNBC anchor and senior Washington correspondent Andrea Mitchell, New York Times columnist David Brooks, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns and former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina discussed what Americans can expect in a second Obama term, and in upcoming fiscal cliff negotiations.
Sharpton said there is no question “we are gonna have to deal with the question of where the tax rates go,” and noted that during a meeting the president held with progressive leaders including himself, Obama pledged to uphold his campaign pledge to raise taxes on the rich. After that, Sharpton said the priorities of jobs and unemployment “will be dealt with.”
Brooks said that if the U.S. can prove that it is “governable” in the coming months, “we have the potential to be the hotspot of the world,” noting that Europe, the Middle East and other regions around the globe are stagnating.
Burns, who said he recently emerged from “witness protection, along with Big Bird,” joking about the threats to cut PBS by the Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, said that people understand that the pain of budget cuts will be felt by everyone.
And Mitchell added that the president will need to show a different brand of leadership in the second term than he did in the first.
The roundtable was joined by Honeywell CEO David Cote, who concurred with Brooks on the idea that the U.S. needs to prove it is “governable,” in order for business leaders to invest.
And the group discussed the leadership lessons to be learned from the movie, “Lincoln,” and the ongoing role race plays in our politics.
Watch the entire roundtable above.
by Latha Sarathy/NewsOne
Now that the dust has settled, the euphoria or shock cooled, one thing stands out about the re-election of President Barack Obama.
History was made once again. Yes, it was the first time a Black man was re-elected to a second term in office, it was the first time that a sitting president was re-elected when economic growth was sluggish and unemployment numbers high, but it was also the first time when a coalition of minorities cast the deciding vote.
According to one analysis in Time Magazine, ‘The Nov. 6 election signaled a demographic tipping point: A record number of Latino and Asian voters, the country’s fastest-growing voting bloc, formed a coalition with Black and white Democratic voters to re-elect the country’s first African-American President.
A new American majority – a multiethnic majority – has not only arrived but is infact reordering the political landscape.’
The power of this new minority majority or multiethnic majority played out in several key states.
In Ohio where African Americans make up 12% of the Ohio population they gave President Obama the leading edge by turning out in greater numbers than in 2008 growing from 11% to 15% of voters.
In Virginia, a state that not too long ago exemplified the Jim Crow South, exit polls showed that Obama won 93% of black voters, 65% of Latino voters and 66% of Asian voters. While Obama’s support among white Virginians was only 38%.
Mr. Obama’s victories in Colorado, Nevada and Virginia came in part because Hispanics turned out in droves and voted Democratic.
In Colorado, 14 percent of the voters were Hispanic, and Mr. Obama won three-fourths of them.
In Florida, Hispanic voters were almost one-fifth of the electorate, and Mr. Obama won about three-fifths of them.
The rise of the minority majority has been happening for some time, but the power of its impact has been particularly felt in the last two elections.
“We are a much more diverse country than we were just a generation or two ago”, said Paul Taylor, who oversees the Pew Social and Demographic Trends project and the Pew Hispanic Center.
The Minority Majority is the new America and they are the New Deciders.
Some people on this continent expected more from the son of man who grew up herding goats in a village in western Kenya.
President Barack Obama made only one, cursory trip to sub-Saharan Africa during his first term, and at the time made it fairly clear that he would not be smothering the continent with attention.
“Africa’s future is up to Africans,” he said in Ghana, in a speech that quietly acknowledged the limitations of American influence in a region that now trades more with China than the US.
So how much will change in Mr Obama’s second term?
That question was, perhaps understandably, barely mentioned in an election campaign that focused on pressing domestic issues and the Arab uprisings.
In his victory speech, Mr Obama again made only passing reference to “a decade of war” and to “people in distant nations… risking their lives right now just for a chance to argue about the issues that matter, the chance to cast their ballots like we did today”.
Behind the scenes US diplomacy will no doubt continue to be furiously in demand.
No ‘Obama doctrine’
In the first term, the focus was on headline-hogging conflicts in Ivory Coast, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan and even a close-run election in Zambia.
The start of the second term is likely to be preoccupied with more of the same: International efforts to remove al-Qaeda-linked rebels from the north of Mali – by force or negotiation or both – and efforts to ensure that Zimbabwe and Kenya avoid repeating the violence that wrecked their last elections.
If Kenya pulls off a free and fair vote, expect a fairly prompt visit to Nairobi by Air Force One.
So far, there is no sign of a grand “Obama doctrine” for Africa – and perhaps that is a good thing given the diversity and complexity of the continent.
Mr Obama has left it to others to warn about the dangers posed by an insatiable China.
But his second term may give him an opportunity to move away from the distorting, “war on terror” preoccupations of Mali and Somalia, and focus on the broader issues – trade in particular – that he raised three years ago in Ghana.
Question of the week: “Now that President Obama has won the election, what is the first issue would you like him to address in his second term?”
Photos and question by Yvonne Kemp
Ladette Austin: Education. I believe that Wisconsin and most of the country as a whole is lacking the value of education. The president’s focus should be the quality of education that is received to compete in a global market.”
Charles L. Walton: “Making more funds available for employment and training for ex-offenders re-entering into society.”
Bria Grant: “Education reform is pivotal to ensuring that our country continues to lead the world in fundamentals. We need to reassign our values as it relates to educators and their role in providing the tools that will build this nation’s future.”
James Nelson, Sr.: “First of all, I voted for President Obama. I’m elated! For me economics is the key. Employment – jobs, jobs, jobs – is my major concern!”